Saturday, June 20, 2009

Spring Reading Thing 2009 ~ The Wrapup

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Compared to the Fall Reading challenge, I did MUCH better knocking books off my reading list. This was mainly in part because I was a little more realistic in my expectations of myself this go~round and also because I had four fairly uninterrupted days to sit and read which meant I knocked five books of my list almost right away!

That said, I even added several books onto my list to read and have found some great new reads in the process. I did not finish all of the books on my non-fiction list, but my fiction pile grew {and multiplied} adding several books to the mix.

Here are a few of my favorite reads from this Spring:

Fiction ~ I was pleasantly surprised by the Twilight series. Essentially, I inhaled them. I'd also never read anything by Ted Dekker and he is one author that I will be adding to my list to catch up on.

Non Fiction ~ All three of the non~fiction books I finished I LOVED! Finding Favor with the King by Tommy Tenney is a book I will keep to read again and again. I also recently discovered Jackie Kendall and am learning so much from her newest book Free Yourself to Love: The Liberating Power of Forgiveness. She also wrote the book The Mentoring Mom: 11 Ways to Model Christ for Your Child.


In no particular order, here are the books that I was able to finish this spring:

My non-fiction list:

Finding Favor with the King by Tommy Tenney

The Mentoring Mom: 11 Ways to Model Christ for Your Child by Jackie Kendall

Free Yourself to Love: The Liberating Power of Forgiveness by Jackie Kendall

My fiction list:

The Lucky One, A Bend in the Road, and The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

Blue Shoes and Happiness, The Good Husband of Zebra Drive and The Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith

The Butterfly Farm by Diane Noble

Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and New Moon by Stephanie Meyers.

Kiss by Ted Dekker

Daisy Chain by Mary DeMuth

How Sweet it Is by Alice Wisler

Words Unspoken ~ Elizabeth Musser


So, what did I love most about this challenge? Discovering some great new books and authors and setting realistic goals. I know that I didn't finish all the books on my non-fiction list, but that's ok! I'm learning to savor the great ones that I am reading and also found that it helps to be accountable with a friend in reading those non-fiction books.

What are some of your favorite recent reads?


  1. It is fun to set goals. I enjoy tracking the books I've read.

  2. Great job, Jolanthe! Ted Dekker *is* really good, but be warned -- a couple of his books are just plain weird. :)

    Glad to hear you liked the Twilight series. I'm thinking they might make some good summer reads for me.

    Thanks again for being part of Spring Reading Thing '09!

  3. oo what a wonderful list of books you finished off this spring! See you tomorrow.

  4. A bend in the road was really good, wasn't it?

    Congrats on the reading & hope to see you in the fall challenge.

  5. The Shack is great!

  6. Great job! Its funny how those books multiply!

  7. Good for you! Those non-fiction books sound good! Thanks for giving us an update.

    Woven by Words

  8. Thanks for highlighting the book about Mentoring Moms. I think I am going to have to read that one!

  9. You have some great titles here. Congrats on fitting so much reading into your busy life!

  10. You did an awesome job reading. I haven't read Finding Favor With the King yet by Tenney. I just read my first book by him, in fact. (The Road Home.)



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